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[4/22/2016] Shinnosuke Abe suffers setback

The tentative plan was for Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) to begin playing in rehab games at Ni-gun at catcher and make a return to the active roster in early-May. Unfortunately, he suffered a setback when he started feeling discomfort in his right shoulder on April 15. He has not done any throwing since then. He could resume throwing next week, but it might be a month before he is ready for a return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016

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CHU

[4/22/2016] Yudai Ono begins playing catch

Yudai Ono (left elbow inflammation) resumed playing catch on April 22 at Nagoya Stadium. He started throwing into a net about ten meters away during workouts indoors on April 21 (around fifty throws). He played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters for roughly ten minutes outdoors on April 22. Ono told reporters he felt fine. He could pitch in his first rehab game at Ni-gun in mid-May.

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/22/2016, Sports Hochi 4/22/2016

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SEI

[4/22/2016] Tomomi Takahashi has tightness in left elbow

Tomomi Takahashi was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his left elbow.

Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016

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SOF

[4/22/2016] Ryota Igarashi out with hamstring strain

Ryota Igarashi hurt his left hamstring during practices at QVC Marine on April 21. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a left hamstring strain. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. There is currently no timetable on his return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016, Daily Sports 4/22/2016

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SOF

[4/21/2016] Tsuyoshi Wada notched ninth shutout victory

Tsuyoshi Wada recorded a 5-0 shutout victory against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine on April 20. It was the ninth shutout victory of his NPB career, first since September 21, 2011 (Orix at Kyocera Dome). Wada recorded his first career shutout against Lotte at QVC Marine on April 16, 2003. He joined Masanori Murakami (five), Masato Yoshii (one), Kazuhisa Ishii (three), and Hiroki Kuroda (one) as the only pitchers to record a shutout after returning to Japan from the MLB.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2016

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SEI

[4/21/2016] Takeya Nakamura leaves game after taking pitch off wrist

Takeya Nakamura took a pitch off the area near his right wrist during his at bat in the fourth inning against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome tonight. He remained in the game but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and taken to a hospital in Sapporo for an evaluation. He will be re-examined at a hospital in Tokyo at a later date.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016

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YAK

[4/21/2016] Keiji Obiki returns to the active roster

Keiji Obiki (back) re-joined the Ichi-gun team on April 21 for the first time since March 30. He told reporters his back was no longer giving him problems and that he was ready to take on whatever role was assigned to him.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016

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RAK

[4/21/2016] Okoye blasts first professional home run at Ni-gun

Louis Okoye blasted the first home run of his professional career during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Bay Stars Stadium earlier today.

With a runner on second and one out in the seventh inning, Okoye blasted a two-run home run to left off Yoshiki Sunada.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2016

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CHU

[4/21/2016] Motonobu Tanishige to miss game on April 22

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Motonobu Tanishige will miss the Yakult game at Nagoya Dome on April 22 because he is still recovering from the flu. Head coach Shigekazu Mori will act as interim manager.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 3:11am]

Tanishige is expected to return to the team on April 23.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016

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RAK

[4/21/2016] Wataru Karashima diagnosed with mild inflammation in shoulder

Wataru Karashima was taken off the active roster on April 18 with pain in his left shoulder. The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Karashima was examined at a hospital in Chiba on April 20 and diagnosed with mild inflammation in the shoulder. He will be shut down for a few days.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 67 41 25 1
Hanshin 64 37 27 0
Yokohama 66 31 33 2
Yomiuri 65 29 36 0
Chunichi 67 28 36 3
Yakult 65 25 39 1
G W L T
Rakuten 60 40 20 0
Softbank 67 42 25 0
Seibu 63 35 26 2
Orix 64 29 35 0
Nippon Ham 64 27 37 0
Lotte 66 20 45 1
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